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Twelve-Year-Old Lola Has A Heart Defect. Open-Heart Surgery Can Save Her Life. Please Help.


Lola is a twelve-year-old girl who was recently referred to the hospital because of severe dyspnea (difficulty breathing) and heart failure, which means her heart could not supply sufficient blood flow.

She had previously been operated on in 2002. An urgent echocardiogram showed signs of mitral valve incompetence. The valves in the heart, when functioning normally, allow blood to flow only in one direction. When a valve malfunctions, blood can flow back in the wrong direction causing a variety of symptoms including shortness of breath. If left untreated, this condition can be fatal.

Emergency funding from Russian Gift of Life, USA helped pay for Lola's surgery.

Lola was successfully operated at the Bakulev Center in Moscow on February 18, 2011.

Dr. Sergei Gorbachevsky, a leading specialist at the Bakulev Center, replaced Lola's mitral valve. After being discharged from the hospital, Lola returned home to Ulyanovsk a healthy girl. Her parents Sheyda and Maria thank everyone who helped their daughter become healthy.

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